The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) works like a hinge, and you have one on each side of your jaw to make it possible to open and close your mouth. Dysfunction of the TMJ can cause a host of problems, from teeth grinding to back pain. Fortunately, many treatments are now available to address this condition with great results. Our board certified orthodontist has extensive training in TMJ disorder treatment, and he can assist you in determining which approach or approaches can best help you. Some of the most common techniques are:
- Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications
- Muscle relaxants
- Oral splints and mouthguards
- Orthodontic treatment
- Physical therapy
- Oral surgery (very rare)
TMJ disorder can be caused or worsened by misaligned teeth, so correcting your bite alignment may be able to resolve some or all TMJ symptoms. We can evaluate your condition and provide guidance as to which treatment can optimize your results. Talk to us today to learn more or to ask additional questions.